Is it Just Snoring, Really?

sleep apneaSnoring is a bore, especially if it keeps you awake night after night. This symptom, or habit, as some call it, is something that we all may do from time to time. However, for most of us, snoring is not a nightly problem. For those who do snore every night, it is fair to say that quality of sleep probably isn’t what it could be – or should be. Additionally, if snoring is loud and chronic, there is also good reason to pay closer attention to its nuances. The issue could be much more serious than it seems.

What Happens when we Snore

Snoring may occur if we have a stuffy nose, or if there is too much weight on the throat. We make the telltale sound of snoring when we try to breathe, but that air flow is met with resistance. As air passes over soft tissues in the throat, vibration occurs. Although sometimes incredibly annoying, at least we are still moving air when we snore.

The Bigger Problem

Snoring can become problematic in two clear ways. One is when the snoring sounds made throughout the night keep someone awake. This could be the person who is snoring or,  more than likely, a partner. The other way that snoring can be a bigger problem is when there are pauses in breathing. This indicates sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common form of the sleep apnea sleep disorder that coincides with snoring. It is a condition that needs to be assessed for treatment to preserve health and well-being. Patients of our Clyde dental office can obtain the care they need to reduce the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea without having to wear a cumbersome CPAP mask when they sleep.

Treating sleep apnea appropriately requires an accurate diagnosis, which is reached through a formal sleep study. We believe in making this as convenient as possible for our patients, so we offer a home-study that monitors several pieces of important data that indicate apnea episodes. With an accurate diagnosis, we can customize a treatment plan to include an oral appliance designed to promote necessary structural integrity for an open airway.

Learn more about obstructive sleep apnea and your treatment options when you visit our office. Call (828) 627-9282.

 

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